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1:45 PM ET, May 14, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation  —  ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization …
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Annie Karni / Politico:
‘Clinton Cash’ publisher corrects ‘7 or 8’ inaccurate passages  —  In trying to defuse the potential damage of the buzzy book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” Hillary Clinton's campaign and its allies seized …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos Donated $50,000 to Clinton Foundation  —  ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.  The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
College Student to Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’  —  Jeb Bush at a town-hall-style meeting in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday.  —  James Glover/Reuters  —  RENO, Nev. — “Your brother created ISIS,” the young woman told Jeb Bush.  And with that, Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old college student …
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Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Meet the College Democrat Who Told Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’  —  Jeb Bush found himself on defense after his town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, Wednesday after a young voter told him, “Your brother created ISIS.”  —  Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old student at University of Nevada …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
How Jeb Bush Stumbled His Way Through Four Days Of Iraq Questions  —  More than a decade after President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), ended up in his own Iraq quagmire this week.  —  The likely presidential contender for months somehow …
Marina Fang / The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Week
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Won't Run for President  —  John Bolton, one of the Republican Party's most prominent national security hawks, has decided not to run for president.  —  Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, bowed out of the 2016 contest on Thursday …
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Bolton to announce 2016 plans
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Pataki to make 2016 call on May 28  —  Former New York …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley, eyeing the presidency, plans May 30 announcement  —  DURHAM, N.H. — Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who has been ramping up for a potential White House bid, plans to make an announcement about his political future on May 30 in Baltimore, aides said Wednesday.
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Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
Martin O'Malley Said to Schedule May 30 Announcement on Political Plans
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
O'Malley to Announce Presidential Plans on May 30
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and Politico
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold Running For Senate In 2016  —  WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrat Russ Feingold announced Thursday that he will run for Senate in 2016, hoping to win back the seat he lost six years ago.  —  Feingold made his announcement in a video that was provided in advance to The Huffington Post.
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin's Feingold to Run for US Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
The Deterioration of the Christian Right Is Imminent  —  Mike Huckabee's recent entry into the presidential race has turned boring early campaign season into something worth watching.  Huckabee's presence has revealed a process of decay that has been steadily unfolding over the last several years …
Discussion: New York Times and Progress Pond
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
So wrong it's funny  —  In troubled times, it's good to take a moment to laugh at the GOP's hilariously wrong predictions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  —  Let's start with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who predicted in 2011, “[ObamaCare] will bankrupt our nation, and it will ruin our economy.”
Discussion: The Reaction
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Technology That Could Have Prevented Amtrak Derailment Was Absent  —  For the second time in two years, a passenger train traveling well above its speed limit has derailed, leaving a trail of death and injuries.  And for the second time, existing technology that might have prevented the accident was missing.
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Washington Post:
Veterans Affairs improperly spent $6 billion annually, senior official says  —  The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk …
Greg Barnes / abc11.com:
Elderly cancer patient calls 911 because he has no food  —  When 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon returned home Tuesday after spending months in the hospital for cancer treatments and rehab, his refrigerator was empty.  —  UPDATE: Donations, food pour in for veteran  —  He had nothing to eat and no way to get to the store.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Stupid’ to say Amtrak funding cuts caused crash  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday it was “stupid” to ask about Democrats' assertions that GOP cuts to Amtrak funding might have caused this week's deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.  —  “Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?”
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and FishbowlDC
Mark Stencel / Politico:
The weaponization of fact-checking  —  Can fact-checkers adapt what they do to the way politicians have adapted to them?  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  The TV commercial started with a barrage of four-megaton words in all caps, all attributed to serious news organizations and read aloud in a disapproving voice:
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Santorum Clarifies Jenner Comments: “Obviously And Biologically” Not A Woman, But Won't Argue Out Of Respect
Discussion: Advocate
New York Times:
5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered
Discussion: Truthdig, Bloomberg View and USA Today
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rick Santorum: Men Who Father Children With Multiple Women Are “Sexual Predators”
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Two Baltimore City Jail Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting A 7-11
John Bicknell / Roll Call:
Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Mom sues school board for teen's arrest, suspension over NRA shirt
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rendell Blasts GOP ‘SOBs’ Who Didn't Have ‘Decency’ To Delay Amtrak Vote
Discussion: Associated Press
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agent retiring amid probe into conduct at White House
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Fox News
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm
Discussion: Instapundit
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Ethics office: Lawmakers took trip secretly paid for by foreign government
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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